(by: Zvetlana Lajovic & Eunice Vatran-Dugulescu)
On an inaugural tone, the conference was opened by Lav Lajovic, coordinator of the CMoM, who addressed the audience with a welcoming speech. Lajovic also introduced elements of the Initial Programme of Action in the area of Family Policy and his organization’s requirements toward competent state authorities.
The prologue was followed by the speech of Leo van Doesburg, External Affairs Manager of the ECPM, who presented the experiences of the countries of Western Europe in the field of family policy and the need to define position and standards for European states. He discussed about the negative consequences if the protection of family is not central in developing policies. He also handed brochures on comparable practices in the field of tax policy and incentive measures against violence to the representatives of CMoM.
Mr. Vlatko Simunovic, a member of the CMoM, presented the organization’s program and objectives, emphasizing that CMoM plans to promote a new, Christian democratic view of the issues that emerged in human existence in the 21st century. The basic teachings of Christian social thinking promotes the common good and social progress, cooperating with everyone, regardless their religion and nationality. Such values create the premises for social justice, freedom, peace and well-ordered society. Christianity thus offers a good set of principles for an advanced population, and not anachronistic, dogmatic and regressive ideology.